Pardons and commutations

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, file photo, former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday, July 11, 2020, that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger Stone, “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so" despite the president's decision to commute his prison sentence. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 11, 2020 - 10:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger Stone...
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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July 11, 2020 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct. The move came Friday, just days...
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Patti Blagojevich smiles as her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich touches her chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago, the morning after President Donald Trump on Tuesday, commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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February 19, 2020 - 7:21 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich gushed about Donald Trump a day after the Republican president set him free from a federal prison, delivering a 20-minute monologue Wednesday outside his Chicago home that sounded like an extended campaign commercial. Standing before a...
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President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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February 18, 2020 - 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from Trump include financier...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2007, file photo, Brendan Dassey appears in court at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. Dassey, the man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series "Making a Murderer," is asking Wisconsin's governor for a pardon. Attorneys for Dassey said Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, that they are petitioning Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for either a pardon or a commutation of his life prison sentence. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent, Pool, File)
October 02, 2019 - 3:42 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series "Making a Murderer" asked Wisconsin’s governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence on Wednesday. The request from Brendan Dassey came as his...
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September 30, 2019 - 8:07 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's president has pardoned one of his main political rivals, the former mayor of Dakar, who was jailed in 2018 on corruption charges. President Macky Sall on Sunday pardoned ex-mayor of Dakar Khalifa Sall, along with two others. Sall, who is no relation to the president...
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Russian actor Pavel Ustinov, who was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison for assaulting police at the July 27 rally, arrives for a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
September 30, 2019 - 6:34 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday commuted the prison sentence for a Moscow actor convicted of assaulting a police officer to a suspended one, in a case that sparked a public outcry and was criticized as an effort to intimidate anti-government protesters. The Moscow City Court ruled that...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2019 file photo, Paul Manafort arrives in a New York court. President Trump's former campaign manager is to be arraigned on state mortgage fraud charges. Manafort's lawyers filed court papers late Wednesday, Sept. 5, that seek to have his New York mortgage fraud case dismissed, arguing the charges filed in the wake of his federal convictions amount to double jeopardy. The state case involves the same alleged conduct as federal cases that landed him behind bars. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
September 05, 2019 - 1:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed court papers seeking the dismissal of his New York mortgage fraud case, arguing that the charges brought in the wake of his federal convictions amount to double jeopardy. The state case involves some of the same...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan speaks at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security over questions about whether officials were offered pardons by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 04, 2019 - 7:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security over questions about whether officials were offered pardons by President Donald Trump. The committee issued the subpoenas Wednesday, having approved them in July. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo U.S. Senatorial candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rides on his campaign bus in Phoenix. Nearly three years after he was voted out of office, the former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to rounding up immigrants in the country illegally is going after his old job. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 26, 2019 - 5:48 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman known for leading immigration crackdowns, jailing inmates in tents and receiving a pardon from President Donald Trump, is running for his former job as the sheriff of metro Phoenix after getting trounced in 2016 by a little-known challenger. Arpaio, who...
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